My son is in a Webelos den made up of two very different kinds of boys. One group is more of what I would call "normative," the other group is what I would call hyper-competitive. They are drawn to sports, and are as you would expect good athletes. But the real problem is that they turn EVERYTHING into a competition. Who is the tallest. Who is the fastest. Who is the best kicker. Who is the best basketball shot. You name it...they will make a competition out of it. The problem is that "normative" boys typically want to have fun, and don't feel an urge to compete all the time. So the two groups often break on this point.
I have watched this den as a CubMaster for the last few years, and it is very disheartening in a way. They always want to break into groups to do things, they always want to pick teams to do things, and while they include all the boys, their attitude is very off putting. These kids are not being kids...they are extremely aggressive and assertive, and it comes out in their interactions with den and pack leaders.
Im not sure what to tell the den leader about this group. The boys who are normative just want to do things for fun, and don't particularly want to compete all the time. If they hike, they just want to hike, not see who gets to the top of the hill first.
Any ideas out there on how to both keep the assertive boys interested in scouting while trying to impress upon them that there is more to life than competition?